Monday, January 04, 2010
Yeah, yeah, I know I should have a better attitude towards the glut of newbies that invade the gym every January...
But the fact is...the vast majority of people who attempt to lose weight/get healthier don't do it right. There's no excuse for that with the amount of information that is out there. These people are determined to burn out on exercise, strength train with terrible form and no sense of how to put together a balanced program, and deprivation diet until they burn out before February, because they don't know any better and more importantly, because they refuse to ask for and listen to advice given!
If you are reading this blog entry, all you have to do is start by clicking on those tabs at the top of the page - a world of information is at your fingertips to help you avoid becoming yet another Resolutionist Casualty.
And for those who are attempting their 20249809322th time at crash dieting and 2 hour daily gym sessions...
ask for help, look for help...learn how to do things right and make small permanent changes. It's hard to be supportive when you know that at least 90% of that crowd in the gym is destined for failure because they won't ask for help.
Otherwise I'll see you next January.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
12.24K in -12 C, -20 C with the windchill.
From the mouth of one of my running partners (who has only been running since July): "It really wasn't that bad."
I see so many posts talking about how it's too cold/snowy/wet to go outside and exercise..sorry, but 35F is not cold. Quit yer whining! Conversely, I don't like running in 35C heat but again it comes down to dressing and hydrating properly.
Winter running isn't cheap. The first year I ran outside in the cold I probably spent about $500 on gear. But the gear lasts for awhile and is worth every penny.
What made today's run suck was the fact that I have a nasty head cold (and forbidden to take NyQuil, the Magic Elixir), Cheeto pulling a bit on my stomach (especially on downhills) and having to pee every 3 seconds.
Give me a -20 C morning over a 35C morning ANY TIME.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Ahhh, Y2K. Fear of massive computer meltdowns did not stop me from partying into the wee hours. My dad had gotten me and the guy I was dating $1500 CAD/couple tickets to a New Years gala held at the swankiest hotel in town where he (dad) worked.
What to wear? I brought 2 dresses with me..I tried to put the first one on and couldn't get it over my butt. No big deal! Let's wear the other one, in a bigger size!
In a way, I miss those days when everything was so free...I didn't worry about eating the wrong things, or how much..I just ate whatever and however much I wanted. I also didn't worry about what size I was or if I looked fat or lumpy in a certain outfit either..At that point in my life I had never set foot in a gym.
Of course, these days it is a common occurence for clothes not to fit me from one week to the next, but preggo body aside, I can never go back to the girl I was back in December 1999. Fit Patty wants to be able to wear anything she wants...and look good in it. She'd still enjoy the drinks and gourmet food at the gala...but get right back on track with eating at the next meal and of course maintain the exercise routine.
In December 1999, I was still 9 months away from starting my lifelong journey to health and fitness. Even at 29W4D preggo, I weigh less than I did when that picture was taken, although as you've probably noticed, I won't let a camera anywhere near me these days. Although I am truly devastated over the loss of my strength, speed, and cardio endurance...I am still far, FAR fitter and healthier than the Patty of 10 years ago.
As I wrote a few weeks ago, 2010 will be a year of tremendous change for me. I will learn to be a mom, while at the same time re-learning how to eat and exercise for fat loss, after years of maintenance. It will be a huge challenge and I am up for it!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
COOKIES AND CHOCOLATE!
Because of the poor economy, I received a lot more gifts of homemade cookies and chocolates from my students..in the past I'd put them in the break room at work, but there seriously is a huge mountain...
I am leaving one of my jobs next week...
Planning on dumping ALL my junk there, and then walking out...forever!
Sunday, December 06, 2009
I've often posted about how I dislike traditional holiday food, so my plan is usually to eat something beforehand and just pick at whatever I consider edible. Yesterday's family party, however, really hit a new low.
- turkey (will eat only with decent sides)
- ham (too much sodium)
- vegetable gratin (too much fat/creamy mystery sauce)
- coleslaw & broccoli salad (mystery fatty dressing)
- stuffing (white bread)
- gravy (do I even have to explain?)
- asparagus steamed until gray (my husband took the last 2 spears, there was none left even if I wanted some)
- mashed potatoes (probably made with a ton of salt and butter)
- pies, cakes, cookies (dislike sweets, especially pie)
So that left me with...raw veggies with a weird dip that I didn't like..
This was my holiday "treat" meal:
3 broccoli florets, 1 strip of red pepper, 1 celery stick, no dip, a glass of water, and 1 clementine. How decadent and delicious. /end sarcasm
I do NOT get how people can gain 10 pounds during the holiday season. I'll be lucky if I don't waste away from hunger! I had brought a whole grain wrap with low sodium, nitrate free chicken, emmenthal cheese, and baby spinach, plus an apple...but I was counting on there being SOMETHING I could eat.
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